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ATAS information for postgraduate research students

Before starting your application for ATAS, please ensure that you read the Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance for making your application fully. Failure to answer any of the questions will lead to delays in the processing of your ATAS application.

If you are coming to the University as a visiting student on any of the courses listed below, you will need an ATAS certificate.

Postgraduate research courses requiring ATAS:

Some of these programmes include taught modules, which must be listed on your ATAS application. The relevant module list for each course can be found in the programme specification document that was sent to you with your offer. If your course includes taught modules, you must provide the full list of modules available to you on your course when submitting your ATAS application. Do not submit a list of only those modules you intend to study. 

 

If you are studying for a research degree, when applying for your ATAS you must submit the research statement that has been specifically agreed with the university and a personal statement.

 

Research in the field of Biological Sciences

All research undertaken in the field of Biological Sciences will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 code will be:

 

Research in the field of Business and Management 

Some research undertaken in the field of business will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 codes will be:

 

Research in the field of Chemistry

All research undertaken in the field of chemistry will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 code will be:

 

Research in the field of Clinical Ethics and Law

All research undertaken in the field of Clinical Ethics and Law will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 code will be:

 

Research in the field of Computing

All research undertaken in the field of computing, including Web Science will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 code will be:

 

Research in the field of Ecology and Environmental Science

All research undertaken in the field of Ecology and Environmental Science, including Freshwater Science and Wildlife Conservation will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 code will be:

 

Research in the field of Engineering 

All research undertaken in the field of engineering will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 codes will be:

 

Research in the field of Electronic and Electrical Engineering 

All research undertaken in the field of Electronic and Electrical Engineering will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 code will be:

 

Research in the field of Geography 

All research undertaken in the field of Geography will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 code will be:

 

Research in the field of Mathematics 

All research undertaken in the field of Mathematics will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 code will be:

  

Research in the field of Medicine 

All research undertaken in the field of Medicine will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 codes will be:

 

Research in the field of Mathematics 

All research undertaken in the field of Physics will require ATAS. 

The relevant CAH3 code will be:

 

If you are unsure which code is associated with your area of research, please contact the ATAS team atas@soton.ac.uk 

If you are only applying to write up your thesis and your previous visa required ATAS, you must apply for an new ATAS certificate.

Doctorate Extension Scheme

The Doctorate Extension Scheme is designed to give students who have almost finished their UK PhD or other doctorate qualification an additional 12 months of Tier 4 (General) immigration permission in which to look for and start work in the UK. ATAS is not required for this scheme.

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